Do 4 years really matter?

Do 4 years really matter? –A millennial’s thoughts during this historic election week
By:  Sarah Beth Coppage

Today, November 8, 2016 we head to the polls to elect our next president of the United States. As important as this is, it is not my place to talk to you about politics or my own views. If you clicked on this blog hoping to finally understand how millennials think, I apologize for tricking you. The next four years are shaped by your votes this week in the polls but I want to talk about how you have shaped my life the past four years and where Taylor and I will be heading in 2017.

Taylor and I moved here in the summer of 2013 to fulfil a four-year commitment to the University of Tennessee Medical Center-Knoxville. He has spent the time in different capacities at the hospital but mostly training to be a licensed Anesthesiologist. In July 2017 Taylor and I will move to Huntsville, AL where he has been offered a job. We will be less than 2 hours from his parents and about 6 ½ from mine. This will be the closest either of us have been to our parents in over 10 years. We are very excited about the future job, being close to family and the new adventure that lies ahead. But I must tell you we have spent weeks living with the heart breaking realization we will have to move away from our home that we have built here in Knoxville. That home includes our beautiful church family.

When we moved here I had no idea how drastically my life was about to change. I had to look on a map to discover where exactly Knoxville was located, I learned about the four seasons, I tried to learn how to drive in snow, I learned about the disappointing feeling when you can’t find a job, and most importantly I learned how important a church family could be. Jesus led by example, showing us that living in community is not only generally beneficial, it is an integral component to understanding grace and love.

This point leads me to my original blog question: do 4 years really matter? The phrase is “I can’t even begin to describe…” but I so desperately want to be able to put into words how the four years working at Concord has changed my life, my relationship with Christ, my love for music and children and restored my faith with the Christian church and its ministry.

The saddest I get when thinking about moving is having to leave the music program at Concord. I have worked with so many students, from Pre-K to 12th grade and I’m sad when I think about not seeing them continue to grow in music and in their faith. I have treasured teaching your kids and getting to know them. I hold it a high honor to be a teacher to students and moving from my job is not done lightly nor without great heartache. I do look forward to who they will all become and what influence they may have on the next generation. (Who knows, in 2048 I may be writing an actual blog on the presidential election and how I knew one when they grew up in Knoxville.)


Who I am as a person has been so formed by this community that I will always take Concord with me in my heart. You are a part of who I am and I am so thankful for that. And the good news (at least for me) is that I am not leaving until the summer. Please know and believe I am approaching every rehearsal, every concert, and every program with all the passion I have in me. I am so grateful for being able to be a part of each of your lives and the immense impact for good each of you have had on me.


Sarah Beth Coppage